Research project

Ina Lohr (1903–1983)

Her Influence in Switzerland and the Netherlands

01.09.2014 – 31.08.2016

The focus of this project is on Ina Lohr, one of the founders of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, and investigates her influence on the European Early Music movement in the 20th century.

Ina Lohr (1903–1983) was a pioneer of the Early Music movement, whose influence has largely gone unnoticed to date. Coming from the Netherlands, she first became the assistant of the Basel patron of the arts, Paul Sacher (1906–1999), before participating in the founding of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, the new “Institute for Teaching and Research”. Through her own focus on Gregorian chant and Protestant sacred music, in addition to Hausmusik (‘house music’) and theoretical subjects, she determined to a great extent the content and the ideological slant of the course of study. By means of archival research in Switzerland and the Netherlands, supplemented by interviews with her former students, the contures of her pedagogical and aesthetic ideals were investigated. Further, the sources of the ‘Swiss-Dutch axis’ in the Early Music movement were analyzed, the cultural context of the Singbewegung (Singing Movement), both within and without Germany examined, thus fleshing out the biography of this influential outsider.


Papers from the Project "Ina Lohr"

Introduction to the Project (A. Smith)

Ina Lohr – Seele des Schola (A. Smith)

The Musical Aesthetic of the Singbewegung (A. Smith)

H. R. and the Formation of an Early Music Aesthetic in The Netherlands (1916-1921) (J. Wentz)

Ina Lohr: A Link between the Swiss and Dutch Early Music Movements (A. Smith)

Hubert Cuypers: A Self-Assertive Musician (P. van Langen)

The Story of Low Pitch (A. Smith)





Audio Documents Concerning Ina Lohr

List of Compositions and Bibliography of the Project "Ina Lohr"